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Rated: 13+ · Poetry · War · #1472961
Revolting heartache felt on viewing pictures of prisoners abused by US soldiers.

My heart breaks when I behold,
The prisoners on a leash,
All naked, tugged by a girl,
Puffing on a cigarette!

I’m ashamed when she views them
Devoid of any clothes,
Pointing to their private parts,
Jeering so gleefully!

So was in Guantanamo
And so in Abu Ghraib.
So will I cry in anguish,
Wherever it may be!

*With apologies to William Wordsworth (1770-1850), who wrote the immortal:

“My heart leaps up when I behold
A rainbow in the sky:
So was it when my life began;
So is it now I am a man;
So be it when I shall grow old,
Or let me die!”

*Pictures of Miss England, 21, a US soldier, splashed in newspapers, TV and internet all over the world, showed her viciously smiling and smoking while pointing at the genitalia of naked male prisoners.

* Guantanamo and Abu Ghraib, US interrogation centres (torture prisons) gained world-wide notoriety in the aftermath of US attacks on Afghanistan and Iraq.

• • Written in 7-7-7-7 format. Initially written as item 848102, substituted on 25 March 2005 by entry 336924 in "WAR POETRY--award winner. Reposted in the present form on 12 September 2008.

M C Gupta
12 May 2004
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